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Here's a miscellaneous list of things to try, I don't have an order of operations here - I'd suggest you keep trying until you find something that works for you. Being so wildly late suggests that you probably don't have a simple, tactical problem (just leave 10 minutes earlier and you'll be on time), but something strategic and probably somewhat mentally ...


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For a more complete answer, see my other answer here: Haylem's Survival Guide to Code-Rushes Short Term Solutions If there's no way to work around that crazy rush coming up, make sure to try to follow the following rules. Take Breaks Take occasional breaks (or even naps), and make sure to rest yourself both physically, mentally and nervously. Have a ...


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Relationships take time. How much time is up to you and your girlfriend. You need to think about where your time goes and what your current priorities are. Maybe you need to discuss having X nights a week to yourself? Also, look for ways you and your girlfriend can spend time together on some of these things. Is she in college too? If so, can you study ...


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Multi-tasking is deemed bad; so indeed, stay coding... Figure out how to make your code compile faster, a very interesting thing to look into. Figure out how to need less edit/complie cycles; defensive programming can help you avoid bugs. Use Test Driven Development, so that you need to compile the tests rather than the whole product. Think about the next ...


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I find the best way to get through scientific papers is to write as many of my own comments on the hard copy of the paper as possible - summary sentences, crossing out parts that were not relevant and writing ideas for things to follow up - when I'm done with a paper it looks like a mass of scribbles, but it has the advantage of engaging you properly with ...


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I don't know of any specific studies I can point to your question directly right now but: In a class of pedagogy I was told that classes should be no longer than 50m because after that focus and concentration are severely impaired, and anything beyond 1h30m does not get assimilated at all. This seems to validate that: The Effect of Class Duration on ...


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I've started keeping a list of hobby-related things I want to do. I usually have ideas during my "alert" hours. Examples might be: Learn to play song ________ on the piano Write a Hello-World program in some new language Then in the evening, when tiredness starts to set in and I feel myself tempted to veg out in front of the TV, I look at my list and ...


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Inbox Zero: Overcoming E-mail Overload The usual admonitions (refrain from "reply all", keep responses short, etc.) are about keeping the problem from getting worse. Merlin Mann's Inbox Zero is a system that can actually help solve the problem, and it starts with a basic axiom: "Your inbox is not a to-do list; it is for unprocessed e-mail, and its ...


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If you don't mind the strange looks, do some pushups. Exercise gives you more energy and it is easy to get less exercise than you need when you work at a computer


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If you enjoy your cooking but don't wish to compromise what you cook, here are some speed-ups: Minimise washing up if no dishwasher. Re-use bowls, giving them an instant rinse if necessary. Use just-emptied cans to measure liquids instead of measuring cups. Reuse measuring spoons by measuring out dry ingredients first (so they don't stick to a wet spoon), ...


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I'm not a software developer so hopefully this question isn't totally ignorant, but if you're doing tens of edit/compile cycles a day and each compile cycle takes 10 minutes, then it seems like a good use of that time would be using it to work on shortening the compile cycle. You're talking about an hour of unproductive work a day--an hour I can see you ...


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Am I destroying my career? Yes you are... UNLESS you gain knowledge outside your current job you will become quite value-less to other companies. You have to keep yourself current. I worked as a SENIOR software developer for 11 years and when I changed positions I was clueless as to all other technologies and methodologies. I had no idea what Scrum was ...


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There are a few things I do, because very much like you with work, family, home there is very little time for side projects or as my wife says "do more work". I spend some time up front (like 15 minutes) mapping out features, tasks, etc that need to be done to complete the project. I then group these into kind of logical stopping places (kind of like you ...


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A recent study conducted by Christoph Randler, a biology professor at the University of Education at Heidelberg, indicates that early risers tend to have a more proactive and productive mindset. As anecdotal evidence, it is also known that many extremely successful business people get up to work early. See Business Insider article.


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I have been coming up against the same barrier since my children were born (six years and counting...:-). Although I haven't found a sweet spot yet, I found the following helpful I work in the morning before everyone gets up, or in the evening after everyone has gone to sleep. It really depends on the type of person you are and your family situation. I ...


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First thing you need to do is set limits for yourself, you only have X number of hours in the week to work on project 1, Y on project 2 and Z on school. Add 8*7 hours of sleep and 4*7 hours of wind downtime - trust me you need it - leaves you with 48 hours in the week to spend on X, Y and Z. Second without fixing the bugs all your work is worthless, use ...


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The first question that came to my mind is: what time do you go to bed? Going to bed very late will make it quite harder to get up early (even before 10 for that matter). It's true that this is subjective, but your body needs to sleep. You should be sleeping at least 8 hours per night (some need 6 hours, you know your own need), so if you get up at seven, ...


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You are trading work-time for her-time. Only you can decide if it's worth it or not. It might be possible to frame or "schedule" your relationship, but it might not work for her (or you two).


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First, change your expectations. You don't have a full 5 hours a day you could be spending on your project - you have a family, and you can't expect to be able to ignore them all evening. If you start out by thinking you should be able to do 5 hours of work, you'll always end up disappointed and unmotivated. I find that if I expect rapid progress and ...


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Fight with swords while riding on chairs. Compiling 'Are you stealing those LCDs?' 'Yeah, but I'm doing it while my code compiles.'


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Train your foreign language skills - try to name every subject, every thing yoo see, try to retell what did you do and see during that day, about some theme, about some dialog you have had recently listen. Write down new vocabulary, you don't know and you will need in your training. Try to learn this vocabulary. I do often this training during my traveling. ...


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Things that involve physical conditioning are better done for shorter periods but more frequently. If you go out and lift weights once a week for 4 hours, not only will you not build more muscle than if you split the lifting up over several days, you will be extremely sore the next day and may not even be able to finish the marathon session due to muscle ...


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Why not try reading a book? Fiction, or something related to an interest you have. Or how about learning a craft, cooking etc. The possibilities are endless. Just turn the internet off - seriously - just turn the computer off and stand up. Make a cup of cocoa, go outside and watch the sunset.


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Take breaks. Study for an hour and then a break, then another hour, etc. Never continue studying when you are no longer comprehending the material. Sleep. You will perform better on exams if you sleep well before the exam.


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What would you say if I said, "I just can't go without oxygen! I've met people who are still holding their breath at 12:00, but when I start holding my breath at 11:00, I just can't make it to 11:02, let alone 12:00. What can I do?" I suggest you'd tell me not to be so silly (or something more colourful that means the same thing). The truth is, you need ...


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It will be worth looking at Scott Hanselman's take on this - he gives a really good productivity talk 'It's not what you read, it's what you ignore', which is a personal favourite of mine. Particularly relevent for me is the section where he talks about News sites - making the point that if news is important enought, you'll find out some other way...


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It is worthwhile weighing up the things that are important to you now, as @JeffO correctly states, and the things that might be more important to you longer term. For example, you may be willing to have a reduced quality of personal time now (eg working 100 hour weeks) if you feel it will help you get to a point (income, promotion, etc) later in life where ...


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What I consider important in this matter is: Try to reduce peer pressure / obligations to other gamers as much as possible. Play with friends instead of joining a clan. Try to compete locally instead of globally. Try to beat your brother / friend in some game instead of #1 in world rankings. Try to say no. If someone asks you to help him (in an instance) ...


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It might be sitting on Facebook some mornings, but I think the main problem is oversleeping. Overall, I lack discipline and don't know how to acquire it. Ok. We've identified the root issue - a lack of discipline. If you are serious about fixing this it's likely going to be fighting a problem which is years or decades in the making. This is not going to ...


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One of the biggest keys to productivity that I've found in my life is setting realistic goals. On Thursday afternoon, when I think of something really cool and beneficial that I'd like to do, it's very easy to say, "Oh yeah, I'll do that on Saturday, I'll dive right in and work away on that for hours, and it's gonna be great!" On Saturday morning, I often ...



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